Based: Mallorca, Spain
From: Mallorca, Spain & London, UK
Affiliations: Drumcode | Cocoon | Elevate
Music: Spotify | Soundcloud | Beatport
Socials: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
The formation of Pig&Dan was an unusual one. Producers Dan Duncan and Igor Tchkotoua crossed paths on a flight to Spain in 1999, where the pair soon realized with their similar musical outlook and unique creative flair; they could create dance music that pushed and challenged the boundaries of the genre.
A few months later, the duo signed to Dutch label Sadie Records, releasing a string of EPs praised for their surging bass lines and celestial synths. This success resulted in the pair setting up their first label, Submission, putting out tracks that turned the heads of some of the most established DJs in the game, including Loco Dice, Tiefshwarz and Sven Väth.
Techno giant Sven Väth was so taken by the pair’s music that he signed them to his iconic label, Cocoon Recordings, releasing their first EP, ‘Oh Yeah,’ in 2005. With their tech-heavy sound now reaching a larger audience, their popularity and respect in the dance scene rocketed, with a number of releases through Cocoon being spun by DJs all over the world.
Since then their global success has continued to rise with releases on acclaimed labels such as Slam's Soma, John Digweed's Bedrock, Monika Kruse's Terminal M and Richie Hawtin’s Plus 8. They’ve collaborated and remixed for some of the industry’s biggest names including Underworld, Deadmau5, John Digweed, and Innercity for their classic ‘Goodlife’. And they’ve performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues, including Ultra, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Amnesia, Crobar and Womb Tokyo.
They have also released four acclaimed albums, loved by critics and fans alike, including ‘Modular Baptism’ – their 2016 LP, released on their own label ELEVATE, which saw the duo return to a sound more associated with their name after the experimentation of their 2014 LP ‘Destination Unknown.’ It was a venture that certainly paid off, as the release soared into the #1 album spot on Beatport, with singles such as the pounding number ‘Growler’ hitting the top spot in Beatport’s techno chart and #2 overall.
Since the success of ‘Modular Baptism’, the pair have gone from strength to strength, offering up a killer ‘Essential Mix’ mix for BBC Radio 1, providing official remixes for the likes of Underworld and Kollektive Turmstrasse and contributing an exclusive mix for 2016’s ‘Space Ibiza’ compilation alongside dance heavyweight Carl Cox and Cr2 Records head honcho Mark Brown.
Not forgetting their outstanding EPs on Adam Beyer’s prestigious Drumcode imprint with ‘Mexico’ and ‘Chemistry’. Both storming into Beatports Top10 Techno chart, where ‘Chemistry’ held the No.1 Techno track spot for over 2 months, and entered the Top10 releases across all genres.
Moving forward and 2017 looks set to be another sensational year for Pig&Dan, with a series of collaboration releases in the pipeline alongside revered artists such as Adam Beyer, ANNA and Monika Kruse, as well as a jam-packed tour diary enabling them to bring their high-intensity DJ performances to crowds across the world, including a number of dates in the US. Furthermore, the duo have great ambitions for ELEVATE, including some big-name releases and plans to host their own ELEVATE parties - watch this space!